Suresh Raina is the captain of India Blue    Getty Images
Suresh Raina is the captain of India Blue Getty Images

Kanpur: The Duleep Trophy match between India Green and India Blue ended in a draw after relentless rain washed out play for the third day in a row. The result means that India Blue and India Red will meet in the final. India Blue got three points from their previous match, while India Red already had seven points from two games in their kitty with an outright win against the Green team in the opening fixture. The final will be played from September 25 in Lucknow. READ: India Green vs India Blue, Day 3 abandoned due to wet outfield

India Green, on the first day of the play, had taken 13 wickets to push their case to make the final but rains on the other three days dashed their hopes. On the opening day of the final round robin fixture of the tournament, India Green had dismissed the Blue team for a paltry 177 before reaching 100 for three at stumps. Parveez Rasool was the star for India Green with five wickets for 70 runs in 17 overs. Senior India speedster Ishant Sharma, playing a first- class match after six months, bowled a steady line, taking one for 15 in seven overs.

Earlier, India Red had defeated India Green and then drew with India Blue to secure the top spot and direct qualification to the final. India Green got 4 points from their previously drawn game with India Red due their first-innings lead and were at the second position in points table.

Brief scores:

India Blue 177 (Manoj Tiwary 78, Suresh Raina 40, Deepak Hooda 16; Aniket Choudhary 3 for 18, Parvez Rasool 5 for 70, Mayank Dagar 2 for 11) lead India Green 100 for 3 (Kaushik Gandhi 39, Prashant Chopra 26; Ishant Sharma 1 for 15, Pankaj Singh 1 for 17) by 77 runs.